At the confluence of Frogtown Creek and Dicks Creek, in the beautiful north Georgia mountains, the Chestatee River is born. If flows along the contours of Lumpkin County for 32 miles to empty into Lake Lanier. Along the way it provides its many assets to the people who live along side of it. It certainly is a major contributor as a source of water to the northern suburbs of Atlanta. But to the people of Lumpkin County it is a major contributor to our quality of life. It provides recreation, adds beauty to our community and is an attractive gateway to the Dahlonega area. The river also has great historical significance as it played a big part of the country's first major gold rush and beyond.
The majesty of the river has been recently documented in a newly published book entitled: The Chestatee, River of Lights. It is authored by Percy Jones, Anne Amerson, Jack Anthony and Robert Fuller.
Percy (P.J.) Jones has lived on the Chestatee for 34 years and has long envisioned a book about Lumpkin County’s main watercourse. After composing several chapters featuring plant and animal life and recreation on the river, he asked Jack Anthony, award winning photographer and lover of all things Dahlonega, to collaborate with him by contributing the scenic photos needed to create an attractive coffee table book about the Chestatee.
Jack Anthony has taken hundreds of photos of the Chestatee River in the past and took hundreds more in order to portray the river and its environment in every season.
Local historian and author Anne Amerson contributed a chapter about the history associated with the river over the years.
Professional engineer and environmentalist Robert Fuller contributed a chapter addressing environmental concerns about the Chestatee. He is also a passionate lover of the river, especially when seen from a canoe!
The book also includes an essay, “Growing up on the Chestatee” by J.B. Jones, former County Commissioner, and an Afterword by Ben LaChance, river-trip provider and owner of Appalachian Outfitters. The authors will be available to sell books and talk with individuals following the program.
February 12, 2015 • 7 p.m.
Dahlonega Community House
111 North Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533